The Race-Wise Family: Ten Postures to Becoming Households of Healing and Hope (Paperback)
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A timely resource to equip Christian parents to better understand the roots of racism and provide practical guidance on addressing issues of race within their families
“This is a landmark work for our generation!”—Dorena Williamson, bestselling author
If you wonder how to help your children understand today’s racial dynamics and respond in God-honoring ways, you’re not alone. Practical and engaging, The Race-Wise Family offers immediately applicable action steps to help you raise kingdom-minded kids who will stand against racial injustice as an outpouring of their relationship with God.
Deeply rooted in Scripture, The Race-Wise Family includes
• key biblical insights for understanding a theology of race
• discussion questions, prayers, and conversation starters for your whole family
• age-appropriate ideas for discussing current events with your kids and teens
• guidance for addressing the roots of racial bias in the world and your own heart
• activities and resources you can use with kids of all ages to be part of hope and healing in your community
The Race-Wise Family helps you and your kids celebrate the diversity of God’s kingdom as you take small steps at home today that can make a difference in the world for generations.
About the Author
Helen Lee is the director of product innovation at InterVarsity Press. An award-winning writer, she has frequently covered issues of race, ethnicity, and identity in her articles and books which include The Missional Mom and Growing Healthy Asian American Churches. Helen is a frequent conference speaker, the co-founder of Ink Creative Collective and Best Christian Workplaces Institute, and the producer of several podcasts including Get in The Word with Truth’s Table.
Michelle Ami Reyes is the vice president of Asian American Christian Collaborative and scholar in residence at Hope Community Church in Austin, Texas. She is the author of Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead to Lasting Connections Across Cultures, and her writings on faith and culture have appeared in Christianity Today, Missio Alliance, and Patheos, among other publications.
“This is a thoughtful volume on raising Christian, anti-racist children.”—Publishers Weekly
“As parents we can become overwhelmed by the conversation on race, not knowing where to turn and which voices to trust. Helen Lee and Michelle Reyes are two leaders I know, trust, and respect. This book is a must-read for every parent seeking to learn, understand, and guide their families to engage in this critically important topic and time.”—Vivian Mabuni, speaker, author of Open Hands, Willing Heart, and founder of Someday Is Here (podcast)
“In The Race-Wise Family, Helen Lee and Michelle Reyes relieve some of the pressure from adults who wonder where and how to lead their families in racial justice. This book is as tender as it is helpful. If families across the nation implemented even a fraction of what the authors suggest in The Race-Wise Family, we would see generational transformation.”—Jemar Tisby, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Compromise and How to Fight Racism
“Lee and Reyes are lovers of Jesus, people, and their families, and they offer a better way to help our children understand the complexities of racism and the hope we find in Scripture. With biblical clarity and practical advice, Lee and Reyes take the reader on a journey to a better place, whether the reader is from a minority or majority culture.”—Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College
“Helen and Michelle generously invite us to join them in actively building a generation of kingdom-minded children, families, churches, and communities. This is a landmark work for our generation!”—Dorena Williamson, author, bridge builder, and speaker
“Many young families have recently woken up to the deforming impact of our racialized society but are at a loss about how to prepare their children to pursue lives of harmony and justice. This book opens our imaginations to a holistic formation that will align our children (and the adults who love them) more closely with God’s heart for righteousness and reconciliation.”—David W. Swanson, pastor and author of Rediscipling the White Church
“Now more than ever, we are exiting the path of cultural disconnect and social disharmony and, by faith, running the race toward collective consonance and understanding. Though you know the direction you want to go, you may be unsure about the steps that make up a successful practice. In these pages, Lee and Reyes offer a harness to support you on your way to becoming conduits of healing and hope.”—Lucretia Berry, PhD, creator of Brownicity, educator, author, TED speaker, and (in)courage contributor